“My name is Anna Berggren, I’m 25 years old and graduated from the BIDS programme in 2015. I have been in and out of Sweden the past years but am now currently living in Stockholm. I have always had a passion for traveling and exploring new cultures and ideas, and I believed that BIDS could help me exploring the world and its dynamics even further.”
Natasha from Sweden and Taiwan, who describes herself as a “menstrual health enthusiast”, is right now working on her Master’s thesis while trying to plan her next adventure. Natasha finished her bachelor in 2012, making her a part of the very first BIDS-class to graduate. She agreed on sharing some of her experiences with the programme, which might inspire other students to be adventurous; “You can do so much by just contacting interesting organisations”.
Read about Klara Lindvall, who did an interesting Minor Field Study in Turkey, studying local Turkish migration management in relation to the EU external border and migration regime. Klara recommends everyone who considers it to dare go on an MFS as it challenged her and she gained a lot from it. Moreover, she expresses how important it is to try different things and not settle straight away.
Astrid Fabrin tells that after her graduation from BIDS in 2015, she was very confused about the endless options she could potentially pursue. She decided to travel for a while, and is now about to finish another bachelor degree in Social Anthropology. During BIDS, she majored in Human Geography and conducted minor field studies in Kenya. Astrid encourages future graduates to “find some work that actually helps people!”
Graduating in 2015, Anders Magnusson was looking back on an iridescent BIDS career. He majored in Human Geography and pursued MFS in Kenya, to now continue his studies at London School of Economics. Grown up in Stockholm, Anders always felt a “passion for travelling and exploring new places and cultures” and has connections to several countries outside Scandinavia. During BIDS he was engaged as both class and student representative and initiated various extra-academic activities. Anders encourages BIDSters to “[get] active, meet as many people as you can, try to develop your ideas into something real and don’t give up just because someone tells you that it’s not doable.”
Laura Heiberg, class of 2015, was one of the founders of the BIDS Alumni online network. She tells us about what she’s currently doing just few months after her graduation. During BIDS, Laura majored in Human Geography, conducted MFS in Kenya, and received the Hydén Award for the best bachelor’s thesis on socio-economic and political issues in low- and middle-income countries.
Marika, class of 2015, majored in Human Geography and was granted an MFS to go to Laos. Being one of the founders of the BIDS alumni network page, we interview her to find out more about her BIDS experience and her current whereabouts. She highlights the importance of internships and engagement in diverse activities to find one’s passion.
Camilo is a BIDS graduate from 2013. He did not take it slow as he continued directly to a master in Welfare Policies and Management in Lund. It was especially his interests in politics and cinema that led him to BIDS but he also see his background as an important factor, as he says that “growing up in Colombia made poverty both a visible and invisible phenomenon, which was later reshaped by my exposure to different Social models in both Sweden and France” where he studied French Culture and French Literature at the Sorbonne. Continue reading